Exclusive – Liverpool legend blasts ‘rudderless’ Reds and claims Rodgers is heading for the sack

first_imgBrendan Rodgers is heading for the exit door at Liverpool, Steve Nicol has told talkSPORT.The Reds have made a poor start to the Premier League season and are out of the Champions League after failing to beat Swiss side Basel in their final group game on Tuesday night.Rodgers has now been warned by Nicol he must turn things around quickly if he is to stop the club’s American owners from making a managerial change.“If things don’t change then ultimately Brendan will pay the price,” said the Anfield legend, speaking on Extra Time.“If this team keeps performing the way it is, I don’t think they will have any other option [but to sack Rodgers].“We are not even halfway through the season yet and I’m guessing most people don’t expect Liverpool to get into the top four.“We will find a lot out in the transfer window. He has spent a lot of money and the question will be, are the Fenway Group going to back him in the transfer window? If they don’t, that tells you he has only got the second part of the season to at least get the performances better.“The biggest surprise is how bad the performances are. The result against Basel was a complete disaster on so many levels. The performance level, the fact they are out of the Champions League and the fact they now go into the Europa League, which is going to do nothing but harm them in the Premier League.“You really wonder where this team is going. He has tried to add to the squad to make it better and somehow it has turned the other way. It is a team that is completely rudderless.“If you watched the game against Basel and the game against Sunderland, they don’t look to have any imagination going forward, and defensively they look at odds. This is just a desperate time for Liverpool.”last_img read more

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Celtic ‘disharmony’ has ended Rangers’ ‘inferiority complex’, ex-boss says

first_imgWhile Barnes doesn’t think people should get ahead of themselves so early in the season, he does feel there is something different about Rangers this term.“It’s all going well,” he continued, “but you know what it’s like up there where one bad result, especially against Celtic, can change everything.“This year seems a little bit different. The last couple of years Rangers felt like they couldn’t compete – they had a bit of an inferiority complex.“Whereas now I think they feel they can get closer to them” kent bound “And Rangers have strengthened which means they are closer to them.“Celtic, for me, are still overwhelming favourites over a long period of time, [over] the season to win the league, but I think Rangers can actually get closer to them.“I think this game, if Rangers get a decent result, will go a long way in making Rangers and Rangers fans feeling like they are moving in the right direction.” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos NOT HAPPY decision Top stories in Scottish football ‘IT’S ON’ WAT ABOUT THAT I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury scrap McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso John Barnes believes Rangers have managed to close the gap on Celtic and put an end to the ‘inferiority complex’ they had about their Glasgow rivals.Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first Old Firm derby since being appointed manager of the Ibrox club on Sunday, still yet to taste defeat as Rangers boss. 2 Rangers finally get their man as Liverpool agree to £7m sale fear NO MOR Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally Rangers won’t be forced to sell star striker in January, Ibrox chief claims 2 Vinnie Jones: What I would have done to Scott Brown after Old Firm wind-up antics ALMOST LANGUAGE BARRIER Rangers team up with hummel UK to launch eco-friendly ZEROH2O kit Despite sitting one point behind Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, there is a real belief Rangers can win their first Old Firm derby since their liquidation. Last season the rivals faced off five times, with Celtic winning four and drawing one of the encounters, scoring 14 times and conceding just twice.Much of the expectation of Rangers picking up a result has come from the issues emanating from Parkhead, where Rodgers has endured a tough summer of failing to sign the players he wants and being knocked out the Champions League in the qualifying stage.Barnes, who managed the Hoops for a famously poor spell, believes this ‘disharmony’ at Celtic has opened the door for Rangers to close the gap on their local rivals.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Barnes said: “I think Rangers are closer to Celtic, and a lot of that is to so with the disharmony at Celtic.“I mean in the last couple of years Celtic have been so far ahead of Rangers, but this year where Brendan hasn’t got the signings he wanted, there doesn’t seem to be the harmony there. Rodgers has found things hard going this summer Gerrard’s spell in charge at Ibrox has started brightly last_img read more

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